Friends of the Rivers Coalition E-Newsletter
September 2016
The Rivers Coalition meeting is Wednesday, September 28th at 6:00 pm at Stuart City Hall. The meeting is open to the public and there is plenty of free parking available. Refreshments will be provided.

The presentation topic for the September meeting is:
"What it is, from whence it comes, and where it goes."

Our guest speaker this month will be:
Kevin Henderson
President of Evergreen Engineering

Current Action Items
Letter writing campaign to elected officials/Other business

Kevin Henderson
Kevin Henderson attended the University of Florida where he received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees. His school and work history include many areas of community involvement and recognition, some of which are: Outstanding Local Elected Official in Florida (1996), Florida Association of City and County Managers, Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering, International Who's Who Business Professional Category, Water Conservationist of the Year (2006), Florida Wildlife Federation, Conservationist of the Year (2007) TC Chapter, and Coastal Conservationist Association.
Kevin has over 35 years of work experience in Engineering. He is currently President of Evergreen Engineering. He also has an extensive career in Public Service, he is currently a chair with the Rivers Coalition Defense Fund. Previously Kevin has worked as a Mayor and Commissioner, City of Stuart; Chairman, Treasure Coast Council of Local Governments; Chairman, Metropolitan Planning Organization of Martin County; Chairman, Watershed Action Committee of Martin County; Stormwater Utility Advisory Committee, Martin County Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Florida League of Cities; Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, Martin County Business Development Board; Planning and Zoning Board, City of Stuart; Chairman, Martin County Conservation Alliance and various other service organizations.
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Agenda for Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Meeting Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at: City of Stuart Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart, FL 34994
Please Silence Your Cell Phones!
Business Matters
  • Chairman’s Comments, Call to Order: Jim Moir
  • Current Action Items:
Letter writing campaign to elected officials/Other business
  • Special Presentation:
"Muck! What it is, from whence it comes, and where it goes."
Kevin Henderson

  • River Kidz of Martin County: Nic Mader/Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch
  • Speakers Bureau: Todd Weissing
Government & Agency Progress Reports
  • Martin County: Deborah Drum/Don Donaldson
  • South Florida Water Management District: Kathy LaMartina
  • FDEP                                                                                                  
Coalition Reports
  • Local Issues & Estuary Water Quality: Mark Perry
  • WRAC  “Water Resources Advisory Commission”: Mark Perry
  • Indian Riverkeeper Update: Marty Baum
  • Federal & State Issues-CERP/IRL & Lake Okeechobee: Kevin Henderson / Dr. Paul Gray
Rivers Coalition Resolution

in support of
Senator Negron's Land Purchase Proposal
At the August 25th Rivers Coalition meeting, members voted to support the Rivers Coalition Resolution which supports Senator Negron's land purchase proposal. Please see the link below to view the entire ResolutionRivers Coalition Resolution
Letter Writing Campaign to Government Officials
Click here to view the government officials' contact list. Please email them asking for their support of Senator Negron's Land Purchase Proposal.
Community Events

Indian Riverkeeper Work Day
Former Florida Governor/ Senator Bob Graham and his daughter, U.S. Representative, Gwen Graham toured with Indian Riverkeeper Marty Baum, along with ORCA's Dr. Edie Widder and Rivers Coalition members in August.

Dancin' In the Streets
The Dancin' in the Streets festival took place on August 20th. This year's event brought national and local bands to downtown Stuart. The Rivers Coalition thanks those who came out to visit our booth during this exciting event.

Reggae for the River
The Dirty River Jam, Reggae for the River, took place at Terra Fermata on Sunday August, 28th. This event raises awareness and donations for several local non profit organizations including the Rivers Coalition. Thank you to all of those who made this event a success!

Sierra Club's Big Sugar Summit in West Palm Beach
Captain Mike Conner presented at the Big Sugar Summit which took place on August 20th in West Palm Beach.
Everglades Restoration Workshop

Lines in the Lagoon
Registration is NOW OPEN for the 3rd annual Lines in the Lagoon Tri County Junior Fishing Tournament. This event takes place on October 1st. Slots are limited to the first 125 anglers.

At the end of the tournament, prizes will be awarded at a FUN casual dinner at Captain Hiram's Resort in Sebastian. For more information on this event please see the link below:


Stuart Seafood Festival
Mark your calendars for the Stuart Seafood Festival on November 19th & 20th. Come volunteer at the Rivers Coalition Booth and enjoy free entry to the weekend's events!
For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact:
772-225-6849 or
Additional information on the artists, musicians and other event happenings is available, please see the link below:
Martin County River Kidz
River Kidz Events
River Kidz Chairs, Nic Mader and Jacqui Thurlow Lippisch presented Mark Perry with a donation to Florida Oceanographic Center at the August Rivers Coalition meeting.

The River Kidz visited Mrs. Jacobsen's class at Citrus Grove Elementary.


A  new  workbook is in development! The River Kidz are creating the newest edition of the Marty the Manatee workbook. The workbooks will include updated information and will be distributed to even more kidz across Florida!
Click here to view a copy of the Marty the Manatee Workbook!
10 Things Every River Kid Should Know!
How to Become a RiverKidz Member!
Follow RiverKidz on Facebook! 
Speakers Bureau
On Monday, September 28th, Marty Baum, our Indian Riverkeeper and speaker for the Rivers Coalition, is invited to speak at the Old Palm City Neighbors Potluck Dinner. Marty's presentation consists of a review of the history of the Lake, the current problems and solutions. This will be followed by Q&A.

If you would like to have a speaker from the Rivers Coalition present to a meeting of your organization, please contact: Todd Weissing,  the Coordinator of the Speaker's Bureau
at or the Rivers Coalition at
Get informed, be active and be part of the solution to help our river!
 August 25th Rivers Coalition Meeting Highlights
On August 25th a panel of experts including Mark Perry, Charles Grande and Gary Goforth, Ph. D, presented "Restore the River of Grass Flow" and answered questions from members.

2016 Meeting Schedule
The 2016 meetings will be held at
City Hall – Commissions Chamber
121 SW Flagler Ave Stuart, FL 34994 

Wednesday, Sept 28th  6:00 pm
Thursday, October 27th  11:00 am
Meetings will not be held in November or December
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Thank you for all your support.
Editors: Katherine Luger & Jill Pinkham
PO Box 2627 
Stuart, Fl 34995 
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